2019 Specialized Turbo Levo Comp Carbon - First Ride

Words by Kathryn Dickinson

on 18/09/2018 09:17:36

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You have been waiting and the time has come, we are delighted to announce that the 2019 Specialized Turbo Levo Comp Carbon is here!

Specialized have redesigned the electric mountain bike and the result is simply stunning.

We could have just written about the new spec and what it may feel like riding, but this wasn't enough for us. We had to give this bike a go out on the trails and where better to test ride the 2019 Turbo Levo than at Cannock Chase in Staffordshire. Rutland Cycling employee and MTB rider Luke Turner was the lucky one to be picked to ride the 2019 Specialized Turbo Levo Comp Carbon.

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Asymmetric Frame and Integrated Battery

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The 2019 Turbo Levo has to be one of the most anticipated bike launches we've seen in a while. From first glance, the biggest thing you notice is the completely new asymmetric frame design, hailing from the new Stumpjumper. Just when we thought Specialized couldn't make the 2019 Levo any prettier, they have certainly outdone themselves! From certain angles, you'd hardly notice it's an electric MTB with a brand new enclosed downtube, completely hiding the battery which not only aids aesthetics, but also makes the battery a lot safer from the elements. The battery itself now goes up to an impressive 700Wh on the Expert and S-Works models and has been re-designed to fit into the new frame.

2019 Specialized Turbo Levo Comp Carbon

2019 Specialized Turbo Levo Comp Carbon

The 2019 Specialized Turbo Levo Comp Carbon has been shaved by nearly 3Kg over the 2018 model, with an all-new motor and frame design with sleek integration, this is the next generation of electric bikes..

  • Frame - Specialized FACT 9m Carbon w/ M5 alloy rear triangle
  • Fork - Fox 34 Rhythm E-Bike - 150mm
  • Shock - Fox DPS Performance - 150mm travel
  • Drivetrain - SRAM GX 11-Speed
  • Brakes - SRAM Guide RE
  • Motor - Specialized 2.1, Custom Rx Trail Tuned motor
  • Battery - Specialized Turbo M2-500Wh
  • Remote - Specialized Trail Handlebar remote w/Walk Assist
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Control Panel Situated in the Top Tube

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With the new battery design comes a whole new control interface on the top tube, which is a big improvement from having the battery and assist level showing on the side of the battery.

The retention of the handlebar remote for 2019 lets you easily change between the different assistance levels, Eco, Trail and Turbo, as well as giving you walk assist. Specialized have also added 2 new modes that are accessed directly from the new Mission Control app, Shuttle and Stealth. Shuttle mode turns your peak power straight up to 100%, ideal for racing your friends on the uplift! And stealth mode turns off all the lights on the bike.

Longer Reach and Slacker Headtube

Upon jumping onto the bike, the first thing I noticed was the longer reach compared to last years' model, 20mm longer to be precise! As well as the half a degree slacker headtube, Specialized also increased the travel to 150mm front and back. I knew that this would be a completely new ride experience and that I would be able to push the bike past the limits of the previous Levo models.

New Powerful Motor

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As with any new electric mountain bike, the first thing we do is push it straight into Turbo mode! You could immediately feel the power of the motor, delivered in a way that would get you up the most technical of climbs - I couldn't wait to give this bike a go on the trail! Specialized have also changed to a brand-new magnesium cased 2.1 Brose motor which is 15% smaller than the previous 1.3 motor and 400g lighter, making it the most lightweight and powerful motor on the market

29" Wheels

With the motor making the climb a breeze, I had lots of energy to push this bike hard down the descents. The longer, slacker frame design really comes into its own at this point, in conjunction with the 29� wheels, making the bike glide over everything in it's path. It was half way down the descent that I actually remembered I was riding an eMTB. The changes to the frame design and the lower weight, definitely make this bike feel like a normal long-travel trail bike.

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Specialized Butcher Tyres and Fox Suspension

I've always been a fan of Specialized's own tyres and the Butchers really keep you planted to the trail, and give you the grip that this bike needs to get you up technical climbs. The move to Fox suspension is also a nice surprise from Specialized on the Comp Carbon model, soaking up roots and giving a nice plush landing coming off drops with the increased travel. Specialized have definitely turned the Turbo Levo into the ultimate trail bike.

How Did it Ride?

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Being a big fan of the 2018 Levo, the new model had me with a certain grin the whole way around the trail. Even on flats the bike came into its own with no resistance from the motor when pedalling and a smooth cut off past the motors limit.

I didn't think Specialized could have improved on the 2018 Levo ebike, which was already ahead of the game, I was expecting a couple of marginal improvements here and there, but they have definitely smashed it out of the park with this model, leading the way in ebike technology.

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Overview:

  • Enclosed 500Wh battery - protects against the elements
  • Remote control panel in top tube - 3 base modes with an extra 2 modes accessible through the new Mission Control app
  • 20mm longer reach and half a degree slacker headtube - makes for an even better rider experience, especially on the downhill
  • 150mm Travel in both front and rear
  • Adjustable geometry via the flip chip
  • New Magnesium cased Brose 2.1 motor - makes the Specialized Turbo Levo 400g lighter and the most powerful on the market
  • 29" Wheels and Fox Suspension - glides over the tree roots and softens every landing
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